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On 4th of July:

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I watch amateur fireworks
  588 votes / 3%
I watch professional fireworks
  2127 votes / 13%
I set off amateur fireworks
  1002 votes / 6%
I set off professional fireworks
  202 votes / 1%
I set off *homemade* fireworks
  476 votes / 3%
I mostly care about the food
  2545 votes / 16%
Why should I care about the 4th of July?
  8607 votes / 55%
15547 total votes.
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  • Fireworks (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 03, 2014 @12:38PM (#47377437)

    Our local Volunteer Fire Department has a potluck/day in the park that ends with a terrific fireworks show.

    It's dropped 4th of July fire statistics by about 80%

    PLUS, it's FUN!

    • by Cabriel (803429)

      Missing Option: Celebrating my friend's birthday. It sure is nice of the entire USA to have a fireworks show for her. :)

    • There was an event at a nearby university last weekend that had fireworks I could hear. My local community will have a concert and fireworks in the park on July 4th, as will several communities up and down the freeway from here. (I won't be going; traffic is a horrendous fail :-) There have been a few random illegal fireworks every night all week, and I suspect there'll be more tonight, lots more tomorrow, some Saturday, a few Sunday.

      Some years ago there was a nearby highway construction project that had

  • Hello Americans (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 03, 2014 @12:43PM (#47377487)

    A lot of us don't live in the US and couldn't give a damn about 4 July.

    • Re:Hello Americans (Score:4, Informative)

      by arth1 (260657) on Thursday July 03, 2014 @01:32PM (#47377955) Homepage Journal

      A lot of us don't live in the US and couldn't give a damn about 4 July.

      I live in the US and couldn't give a cluck about July 4.

      As for fireworks, the US sure picked the worst time of the year for those. Not only is it too bright to see them well, at least in the Northern states, but it's also a season where it's easy to start fires.

      • You are totally correct of course. Fuck the founding fathers for not holding off until winter before starting a war of independence against a tyrant. THEY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER.
        • by arth1 (260657) on Thursday July 03, 2014 @10:52PM (#47381269) Homepage Journal

          You are totally correct of course. Fuck the founding fathers for not holding off until winter before starting a war of independence against a tyrant. THEY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER.

          You can't be American, because you're apparently unaware that the Declaration of Independence was signed long after the war started.

          It also didn't take effect until years later, when we became independent. Our nation's birthday is September 3 1783. July 4 1776 was more like a baby shower during pregnancy.

          • by KiloByte (825081)

            How the heck do you shower a baby during pregnancy?

          • It also didn't take effect until years later, when we became independent. Our nation's birthday is September 3 1783.

            And apparently you aren't aware of when the Declaration took effect.

            Well, I suppose from the perspective of the British, perhaps they would consider that the effective date. But why should that matter?

            Not so for the new U.S., nor for many other countries who recognized the new country before the end of the war. The Continental Congress drafted laws for the government (Articles of Confederation) in 1777, and they were officially ratified by enough states in 1781, so at most you might push back the bir

            • The colonies remained under British rule until the British decided to release them. This happened with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on September 3rd, 1783.
          • by almeida (98786)

            You can't be American, because you're apparently unaware...

            Let me stop you right there. You must not know Americans, because unawareness, of our own history and so many other things, is one of our hallmarks. The fact that the signing of the Declaration of Independence wasn't promptly followed by the "shot heard round the world," or that the war dragged on for years and wasn't particularly popular while it was raging, or that our Constitution was our second attempt at self government is not something peopl

          • by iggymanz (596061)

            wrong and uninformative. 1783 is the year Britain acknowledged US independence after WE KICKED THEIR LIMEY ASSES, However the Declaration took effect immediately.

          • You are totally correct of course. Way to fact check humorous sarcasm into oblivion, Poindexter. YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER.
    • It's July 1, and friends of mine have used it as an excuse for a party when it's on a more convenient day, especially if they have Canadians around.

    • by gadlaw (562280)
      A lot of us living here don't care about it either. At least the fireworks and traffic and picnics in the heat stuff. It's really something to avoid and to keep the pets from getting frightened over. Of course, I watched 1776 and Yankee Doodle Dandy as is my own tradition. :) Care about that part.
  • by spaceyhackerlady (462530) on Thursday July 03, 2014 @01:13PM (#47377773)

    I'm descended from Loyalists who moved from North Carolina to Nova Scotia in the 1790s.

    ...laura, United Empire Loyalist

    • by DarthVain (724186)

      To replace the Acadians (French) the British all kicked out of Nova Scotia in 1755 who migrated to New Orleans...

      So basically a net zero move, with the benefit that the south obtained some culture and some (more) funny speaking folks.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    This is the day that one asshole in the neighborhood will stay out ALL NIGHT drinking beer and setting off fireworks. It was annoying enough before, but now that I have a toddler and a new baby, it's awful. And he bought enough fireworks and beer that he'll start a day early and continue lighting off a few every night for the next week.

    Seriously, people, keep it to one night and can the noise by 9 or 10pm. PLEASE.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      a new baby

      Could be could have an old baby.

    • by jedidiah (1196)

      Oh Pulllleeeze. If you have a "new baby" then you certainly don't need some drunken jackass to keep you up all night. The "new baby" will be quite happy to do that all on it's own.

    • Yeah that is the worse bit. I like fireworks I go more times than not to see them (on a different day than the yanks though). What sucks is the drunken idiots with $5 of fireworks to set off every night for a week on either side. They always seem to wait until 12-2am and set off one or two. Could call the cops but who knows where they are coming from? It isn't like they are doing a whole show or anything: just enough to wake you up and scare your dog.

    • by antdude (79039)

      Ditto. People are doing them days early around here. Plus, it's illegal to do fireworks!

    • So you're that neighbor with the baby that keeps screaming bloody murder all night and nobody in the area can sleep?

      At least the drunk 4th of July guy only does it one day a year...

      • by metlin (258108)

        You know, I cannot understand the recent cultural backlash against babies.

        Yes, babies cry. They cry at night, they cry in restaurants, and they cry on airplanes. They cry when they are hungry, when they are tired, when they're pooping, and when they need a diaper change. And often, they cry for apparently no reason at all.

        As a father of a four month old, I can tell you that we parents aren't exactly pleased to hear our babies cry, either. We don't want our kids to be in pain, and we want them to be happy. W

        • by Demena (966987)
          It isn't the kids it is the parents. My kids, all in their twenties and doing well, learnt very early that there were times they should not fuss. It isn't even hard. You just take them outside immediately they begin to disturb others. They do not like this and they learn.
        • by Rick Zeman (15628)

          We are acutely conscious of bothering others, and we feel helpless about the whole thing.

          But you know what's worse? Assholes who cannot stop complaining about crying babies. Guess what? It's how human beings are. You cried too. So did every human being who's ever lived.

          You're apparently not too conscious because you're not helpless--you have the power to keep screaming baby out of the "restaurants...and airplanes." And more.

          You're right babies are just being babies. But self-centered parents don't have to be.

  • My ex's birthday is July 4th, so I really have no reason to care about it at this stage now that she's an ex-girlfriend - plus the fact that I do not live in the US also makes this date as relevant as any other normal day on the calendar.
    At least this year I am spending this day doing some decent downhill mountain biking in France, so my only concerns about the date involve what runs am I doing, and where will I eat really good food that evening..
    • This 4th of July, there might be some impromptu fireworks displays in France . . . or in Germany . . . but not in both. They are playing against each other on the evening of the 4th of July in the World Cup Tournament , and the winner team's fans will probably stage spontaneous celebrations . . . with fireworks.

  • by tverbeek (457094) on Thursday July 03, 2014 @01:41PM (#47378061) Homepage

    I hear amateur fireworks.

    Since the state of Michigan loosened restrictions on the sale of fireworks, every yahoo with a lighter has started setting them off, beginning sporadically the weekend before the holiday.

    Any holiday.

    • by antdude (79039)

      Heh, I hear and see fireworks near my old nest since there is a local park. It's quite scary and loud. :(

      • by JRV31 (2962911)
        In Minnesota where I live, and in many other states, fireworks are illegal. I appreacieate the irony of people celebrating the countries independance by breaking it's laws.
        • by antdude (79039)

          Same here. [sighs] BTW, it's = it is/has.

        • by antdude (79039)

          Also, mine like to do days before and after Independence Day every dang year! Argh! I assume yours is like that too. :(

        • Well, technically, it achieved independence by a lot of people breaking much more serious laws than those concerning fireworks...

        • Really, ironic, and not apt? Independence Day celebrates the big "fuck you" the colonies gave to the brits. Giving some kind of "fuck you" to local laws seems a fitting celebration.
      • by Drethon (1445051)
        I spent an hour lighting off fireworks with a relative. On the drive home I went past a crash that killed a motorcycle rider. The crash scared me far more than the fireworks...
  • by xfade551 (2627499) on Thursday July 03, 2014 @02:22PM (#47378449)
    We need checkboxes instead of radio buttons on this one.

    And don't look at me like that! I live near Seattle where there is plenty of open water and plenty of Indian Reservations to buy the good stuff at.
    • Same here but I have a relative who is a supplier of professional fireworks which really makes getting them easy. Also we go up to a buddies lake lot and shoot them off the end of the dock over the lake.
    • Other missing option.. I sell consumer fireworks. Had a $10K day today.

      It's noise is annoying, but for some, it's 10% of the annual income in just a few days.

  • by TheDarkMaster (1292526) on Thursday July 03, 2014 @03:05PM (#47378821)
    Diverting meteors into collision orbit with the earth counts as fireworks?
  • I watch Red Dawn on the 4th of July. Citizens of the US are called insurgents, and rightly so given the context.

    It is an important movie to frame current events, in my opinion.

    I've been doing this since the late 1990s.

    • by EWAdams (953502)

      "I watch the original Red Dawn..."

      Well, there's your problem right there.

      • by turp182 (1020263)

        I'm not sure I understand your comment.

        I'm referring to the 1984 movie (the first PG-13 rated movie). My friends and I were into the cold war (those evil Russians...), and it was our favorite movie for some time. HBO showed it constantly during 1985.

        A few years ago, on July 4th, I realized the movie was sort of a blueprint for Al-Qaeda style insurgencies. Wars of attrition, with insurgents hiding and striking randomly. Today the scene where they gun down the townspeople reminded me of the bloodbaths in

  • I live in a small town. The next town over (a bit over a mile) has a fire department completely obsessed with fireworks. Not just the 4th, but MOST holidays. It was cute at first, but now I close the windows, draw the shades, and turn up the TV.

  • I used to very much enjoy setting off amateur fireworks. Now I think the damn kids are going to burn down the neighborhood.

    The last few years I've thought it would be awesome if I could watch the fireworks from a small private plane. This year I found a company that will rent me a plane, but couldn't find a pilot on short notice. Next year I'm going to try to get a smaller plane and recruit a pilot well in advance.

    • by GrahamCox (741991) on Thursday July 03, 2014 @09:14PM (#47380991) Homepage

      The last few years I've thought it would be awesome if I could watch the fireworks from a small private plane.

      Sorry to be the one to break it to you, but watching fireworks from a plane is likely to be a big disappointment. Because you can see so much area from a thousand feet or so, the fireworks become comparatively tiny, and also often viewed against a background of urban lighting which makes them hard to see. Even huge public displays like the Sydney NYE displays look pretty unimpressive from the air. Fireworks are only impressive when viewed from the ground against a dark sky, close to their launch point.

      • by Greyfox (87712)
        Yeah one of the pilots I talked to told me that, too. I've watched a couple of shows from ridge-lines around here and that works out pretty well, but they're still kind of against the sky from there. Still seems like something I'd like to try once, even if it doesn't work out that well. I've always liked the city lights from altitude at night, anyway.
      • There is one place better than on the ground. In the air, at about 1000 feet or so! I was lucky enough to get a reservation at the John Hancock tower restaurant on the 95th floor some years back.

        This was in Chicago on July 3rd (when Chicago sets theirs off) and they are sent up from the water on barges just off the shoreline at Grant Park, near Navy Pier. They go up 600-800 feet to detonate typically, so you are nearly on eye-level or slightly above with the explosions! They are only a few blocks away s

    • Try Disney World. They have fireworks every night of the year. You can also get this helicopter tour, and I'm sure there are other options. Much cheaper than renting a plane and pilot on your own.

      The only drawback is that you are in proximity to Disney World, The Shittiest Place on Earth (tm), in the middle of Florida, the most brain dead state in the union (sorry, Alabama).
  • While I don't celebrate 4th of July (not American) I've always thought that mid-summer was an awkward time to hold fireworks displays.

    By the time it's dark enough to effectively set off fireworks it's well past kids bedtimes and noise becomes a large consideration.

    In my southern-hemisphere country we celebrate Guy Fawkes (or the failure thereof) on 5th November but that's of course close to our summertime so we have the same problem.

    The UK seems to have gotten that right - Guy Fawkes in late autumn when it'

    • By the time it's dark enough to effectively set off fireworks it's well past kids bedtimes and noise becomes a large consideration.

      Depends, obviously, on where you are.

      Here where I live in southern California, fireworks start about 9:00 and sunset is around 8:00. I grew up seeing the fireworks in New Hampshire, where they would start the fireworks at 9:30 with sunset around 8:30.

      Not being a parent, I don't know if 10:00 is particularly late when sunset is around 9:00. I can't imagine that small children would want to go to bed when it's still light out.

      • by xaxa (988988)

        I don't know if 10:00 is particularly late when sunset is around 9:00. I can't imagine that small children would want to go to bed when it's still light out.

        In northern latitudes they pretty much have to. I do myself sometimes, in June and July, and wake up well past sunrise, which tomorrow is at 4:50. Nautical morning twilight (when the sky starts to visibly change colour) is at 2:53. (This is London, 55N. Most of Northern Europe is further north.)

        (There's no "night" tonight, only astronomical twilight. But that's a technical definition -- it's dark outside.)

  • the people of Alice Spings in Australia get a day off to go to the local Ag Show. Bargain!

  • Thanks for providing an answer that at least remotely fitting to Muslim during this month of Ramadan:

    > I mostly care about the food

    Fireworks started at 9pm, right at the time I just started to eat my Iftar. At first, when I was still hungry, it sounded like pop-corn was finishing last pops in the microwave.

  • We called it Friday.

    A question though, how is it that for 364 days you use a backasswards date format that is set to confuse the rest of the human race but this one day you put the day number before the month like everyone else?

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